Growing Chefs! Ontario Vegan Spinach Dip

Vegan Spinach Dip

Vegan or not, this spinach dip is the real deal! Great with veggies, crackers, or spread on a sandwich!
1 1/2 cups
1 cup soft tofu1 cup sunflower seeds1/2 cup nutritional yeast1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar1 pound spinach, or 4 cups packed1 tablespoon olive oil1 small onion, diced2 cloves garlic, finely minced1/2 cup water chestnuts, chopped Smoked paprika, to taste Salt to taste
Food processor or blenderMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsCutting boardParing knifeMedium frying panWooden spoonSpatulaDish towelTasting spoonsLarge potStrainer

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Measure out the tofu, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, and vinegar into a food processor or blender, and blend until a smooth paste is formed. 

You may need to add a few splashes of water to help it come together. You are looking for a pudding consistency.

Measure out the olive oil and spinach.

Dice the onion by cutting the onion in half, and remove the skin. Cut off the tip, and make incisions from tip to root about ½ cm apart, almost all the way to the root end, leaving the root end intact. Turn the onion and cut it the opposite way to dice the onion.

Finely mince the garlic.

Dice the water chestnut into small pieces.

Get Cooking!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and carefully add the spinach. Cook until tender, about 1 – 2 minutes. Carefully strain the spinach and run under cold water. Squeeze out any left over water and roughly chop.

Add the onion and oil to a frying pan and gently cook on medium heat until the onion starts to caramelize. Add the garlic and cook for one minute longer.

Next, add in the spinach and water chestnuts and heat through. Turn down the heat and add the tofu and sunflower puree and stir together until everything is blended and hot.

Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Sprinkle the top with a bit of smoked paprika and serve with veggie sticks and crackers.

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